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Police charge car driver over Phuket road rage incident

PHUKET: Police have charged a car driver with reckless driving after a road rage incident that prompted two youths on a motorcycle to lash out and kick the side of the car in Kamala on Friday (Feb 24).

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Monday 27 February 2017, 10:36AM


After a furious exchange of words and gestures, the driver of a blue Honda Jazz forced two youths into the opposite lane, into the path of oncoming traffic. The manoeuvre angered the two youths, with one reacting by kicking dents in the Honda Jazz door. (See story here.)

“The incident occurred while they were descending a hill south of Bang Tao in Cherng Talay,” said Col Sermphan Sirikong of Phuket Provincial Police, who investigated the incident after a video clip went viral online.

The video post claimed that the driver of the Honda Jazz was a foreigner, a claim Col Sermphan dismissed.

“The driver of the car and the two on the motorbike were all Thais. No foreigners were involved,” he said.

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Col Sermphan added that the driver of the car, who he declined to name, brought the car to Kamala Police Station to file a complaint on Saturday.

“The car driver filed a complaint about damage to his property,” he said.

“Also, Kamala Police have already identified the youth on the motorcycle. They have contacted him and told him to come to Kamala Police Station,” he added, also without identifying the offending motorbike driver.

“For this case they can compromise. They will both be charged with reckless driving,” Col Sermphan said.

 

 

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KCPhuket | 27 February 2017 - 14:11:15

This needs to stop. Police need to stop automatically charging people with spurious driving infractions and start doing their jobs, if Thailands' roads are ever going to get any safer.ALAS, NOT BLOODY LIKELY! No helmets so driving illegally...they had no right to be on the road in the first place!

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CaptainJack69 | 27 February 2017 - 12:31:54

So again the driver is charged without the incident being investigated properly. Here it's even admitted that the police are "compromising" by charging both parties with the same crime.

How can a car "force" a motorbike into the oncoming lane when there is only one lane in each direction? I say it's impossible unless the motorbike is already trying to "force" the car off the road. We do after all drive on the left in this country. The motorbike is on the right and therefore trying to pass. If it can't pass it needs to drop back and get out of the way, on the left.

Also which vehicle was damaged in the incident? Was this damage caught on video and clearly done maliciously? While the motorbike had been intentionally positioned by its driver in the "path of oncoming traffic".

I say any erratic driving by the car can be explained as self defense. The very aggressive behavior of the motorbike rider is clear in the video. The car driver even stated previously that he had tried to turn right towards the police station but that the rider had blocked him (again by going onto the wrong side of the road).

This needs to stop. Police need to stop automatically charging people with spurious driving infractions and start doing their jobs, if Thailands' roads are ever going to get any safer.

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